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      Fiji: an open-source platform for biological-image analysis

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          Fiji is a distribution of the popular open-source software ImageJ focused on biological-image analysis. Fiji uses modern software engineering practices to combine powerful software libraries with a broad range of scripting languages to enable rapid prototyping of image-processing algorithms. Fiji facilitates the transformation of new algorithms into ImageJ plugins that can be shared with end users through an integrated update system. We propose Fiji as a platform for productive collaboration between computer science and biology research communities.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                Nature Methods
                Nat Methods
                Springer Science and Business Media LLC
                1548-7091
                1548-7105
                July 2012
                June 28 2012
                July 2012
                : 9
                : 7
                : 676-682
                Article
                10.1038/nmeth.2019
                3855844
                22743772
                © 2012

                http://www.springer.com/tdm

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